CM Inaugurates Tata Tea Packaging Unit at Gopalpur

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  • 100 Crore Investment, 900 Jobs
  • Largest Packaging Unit, Supply Chain All Over South & Central India
  • Yet another testimony to Tata Group’s commitment for the development of the state of Odisha

Industrial Diversification will Create More Jobs : CM

Bhubaneswar(Kalinga Voice) : Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the new tea packaging plant of Tata Consumer Products Limited (TCP) set up at Gopalpur Industrial Park by Tata Steel Special Economic Zone Limited (TSSEZ). Spread over 16 acres, the plant has been set up with an investment of Rs 100 crore out of which investment on infrastructure has been made by TSSEZ and machinery investment by TCP. While TCP is the consumer products company uniting the principal food and beverage interests of the Tata Group under one umbrella, TSSEZ is the developer of the Gopalpur Industrial Park located in Ganjam district of Odisha.

The new plant has already successfully completed its trial production. It is slated to be the largest tea packing plant for TCP products, producing around 60 Mn kg per annum by 2024-25. The project should generate direct and indirect employment for 250 people in the 1st year and 700 people by 2024-25. The plant features an integrated Production Design and Warehousing facilities with vertical storage space and specifications to meet cyclone impacts. State-of-the-art packing machinery is equipped with IoT capabilities for enhanced operational efficiency in the plant. It also features a Solar power unit with a capacity of 350 KW, in line with TCP’s sustainability agenda. The tea packaging plant will be operated by Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL), an associate company of Tata Consumer Products. APPL currently operates three tea packing factories, with two in Assam and one in West Bengal. Gopalpur plant is the first TCP plant to pack both leaf and dust tea, providing higher flexibility to the operations network..
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister appreciated the role of Tata group in Odisha, and said that it has been playing a vital role in the industrial development of Odisha. They have also come forward in catalyzing social development through partnering with the Government of Odisha in education, health and skill development initiatives. He thanked the Tata group for assisting the State Government in mobilizing medical oxygen, PSA, Plants and critical accessories during Covid pandemic.
Highlighting the stellar performance of the State in setting up industries, the CM said that Odisha has continued to remain at the forefront of industrial development in India. The policy framework and facilitation mechanism of Odisha has been successful in mobilizing investments in diverse sectors such as Petrochemical, Food Processing, Apparel and Garment. The ongoing diversification of the industrial base will further improve the employment opportunities in Odisha, he added.
Joining the programme, Industries Minister Shri Dibyasankar Mishra outlined the State’s progress in industrial development in last 20 years. He said that the State has provided a stable platform for industries for healthy growth in Odisha.

Among others, MD Tata Steel Mr. T.V. Narendran spoke on the occasion. He said  “It is a moment of great pride for us as another member of the Tata Group, TCP is starting its maiden manufacturing operations in Odisha. As the anchor investors, Tata Steel had earlier set up the 55,000 TPA Ferro Chrome plant within the Gopalpur Industrial Park. Our investments across multiple locations in Odisha is a demonstration of our commitment to the development of the state and our firm belief in its growth story.

Mr. Sunil D’souza, CEO & MD, TCPL also spoke on the occasion. He said “The plant is an integral part of Tata Consumer Products’ plans to scale supply chain capabilities to meet growing consumer demand. It is a state-of-the-art unit, the largest tea packing plant for Tata Consumer and will be a key hub in our supply chain network. It has also been built with a focus on green manufacturing, in line with our sustainability agenda.”

On the occasion, Shri Chanakya Chaudhary, Chairman, Tata Steel Special Economic Zone, said: “We are glad that with plug and play infrastructure, multi-modal logistics connectivity, ready environmental clearance and clear land title, Gopalpur Industrial park, in a very short span since its inception, is fast emerging as the preferred investment destination of India. We already have some valued clients operational in the industrial park and are eagerly looking forward to lot more investors coming forward, adding to the industrial progress of the region.”

Secretary to CM (5-T) Shri V.K. Pandian moderated the programme. Shri Hemant Sharma, Principal Secretary, Industries Department of Odisha, Shri Vijay Amruta Kulange, Collector and District Magistrate, Ganjam, Shri T V Narendran, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Steel, Shri Chanakya Chaudhary, Chairman, Tata Steel Special Economic Zone, Shri Sunil D’Souza, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Consumer Products, Shri Prasant Mallick, Managing Director, TSSEZ, Shri Sukhjeet Singh Malhotra, Senior Vice President, TCP, Shri Debasis Jena, Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel and other dignitaries had joined for the inauguration function.

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